The Art of Teaching Sound

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The Art of Teaching Sound

I have been fortunate enough in my career to be able to impart everything that I have learned thus far (you never stop learning) onto the next generation of sound designers and sound effects editors. I have found that, in teaching sound and teaching how to create sound for TV and Film, that you kind of transcend to another level in your understanding of how to create sound for the visual image. However, by no means is it simple. I’d be lying if I told you that it is. A lot of energy goes into planning and executing a successful audio class. But have no fear! It can be done. Here are three main ideas to keep in mind when you’re about to embark on your academic pursuits:

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Building a Popcorn Tsunami!!!!

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Building a Popcorn Tsunami!!!!

This week I sat down with our sound effects editor, Katie, to tune in on a really cool popcorn build that she created. Basically what she needed to create were big popcorn waves aka a tsunami.. but with popcorn!

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Best Free Apps To Use For Audio

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Best Free Apps To Use For Audio

I went around the office and asked everyone what their go to free app for IOS was and got some really cool recommendations. I hope that you find these useful if you’re on the go or need something quick and easy!

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Announcing the Newest Boom Box Library: Babies & Kids

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Announcing the Newest Boom Box Library: Babies & Kids

We are extremely proud to announce the release of our newest Boom Box Library: Babies & Kids! And we’re celebrating with a site-wide sale.

We asked which libraries you needed the most, and you answered with walla for babies and kids! Now here it is: the Babies & Kids sound effects library contains a variety of recorded baby and kid vocalizations from children ages six months, three years old, and five years old.

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Creative Self-Marketing Ideas for the Audio Professional

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Creative Self-Marketing Ideas for the Audio Professional

As studio owners, Jeff and I get tons of requests for advice regarding how audio professionals can either kick start or amp up their careers. In an industry that doesn’t necessary post jobs on a website, use recruiters, or have a standard interviewing process, how are talented creative people supposed to get their foot in the door? There are so many different ways to answer these questions, but at least one large chunk of this is personal marketing.

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Helpful Tips For Cutting Water Sound Effects

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Helpful Tips For Cutting Water Sound Effects

There are a few scenarios that I, and every other Sound Editor I know, come across in almost everything that we work on. The most persistent of which seems to be water. In the last month alone, I’ve cut a scene with a family of octopuses swimming in a shallow bay, a scene with a whole ocean being split like Moses at the Red Sea, and an action packed surfing sequence.

Cutting Water sounds effects can be really hit or miss if you don’t have the right tools in your arsenal, so here are a few tips to make sure your water sounds really make a splash.


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Can You Make It Sound Like... A Sound Editor's Essential Film Reference Guide

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Can You Make It Sound Like... A Sound Editor's Essential Film Reference Guide

As sound editors, speaking about sound design with clients requires a kind of foreign language. I often find myself making silly noises in an effort to either interpret what a client is looking for or to pitch an idea of my own. There’s a shorthand however, that both editor and filmmaker are aware of. An entire language has been laid out for us in the incredible work of sound designers past. I’m talking about films that are ‘in the canon’ for having memorable sound design moments.

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